20 March 2019

South Africa: Institutions Hobbled By State Capture Need to Be Repurposed

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Political analysts and academics Amanda Gouws, Judith February and Lukas Muntingh gathered on Tuesday 19 March to discuss how endemic corruption is, what political parties propose to do about it in their election manifestos and why the electoral system needs to change.

"State Capture is the re-purposing of state institutions for the benefit of the elite," said Stellenbosch University Professor Amanda Gouws at a panel discussion on corruption and the upcoming elections in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"State Capture means that institutions don't deliver their mandate," said Gouws. The consequences of state capture are far-reaching, money was wasted, projects were not completed, institutions were debilitated.

As an example, the Department of Women has not been able to "institutionalise" the council for gender-based violence, said Gouws. The national council for gender-based violence was launched in 2012. It was supposed to "integrate, strengthen and mobilise structures of societies for the reduction of (gender-based violence) through the implementation of coherent strategies." By 2015 it remained an "unfunded mandate", with the Sonke Gender Justice group saying that apathy from government stakeholders and lack of political will meant that "not a single rand has been allotted by Treasury to address a problem that costs the...

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